Saturday, December 31, 2011

Your Last Laugh For The Year

My father,
God rest his soul,
was a humorist.

you're saying...
Not YOUR Dad.

Well, he was!
One of the things he absolutely
was poetry.

He read a lot of poetry to
me when I was a child.
Most of it way beyond
my understanding.

One of the ones that I
remember most vividly is
the one below.
It is short..
and I guarantee it will
put a smile on your face...
especially if you are thinking
about going out and having
New Year's Eve.

It is called


One night in late December,
When I was far from sober,
Returning with my load of manly pride,
My feet began to stutter,
So I lay down in the gutter,
And a pig came near and lay down by my side;
A lady passing by was heard to say:
"You can tell a man who boozes,
By the company he chooses,"
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.
                              Unknown author

Happy New Year's Eve-
Pick your companions well~

Friday, December 30, 2011

Feed Em Funnies For New Year's Kids

We don't really have
fussy eaters in this
They will eat just about
anything put in
front of them.

However, it is
fun to do a little
for them for the

The "tradition",
according to the
Bible of Lulu
(the 9 year old),
is that every
New Year's Eve they
come to our house to
EAT and then they
get to spend the night,
while Mom and Dad
go out to celebrate.

How did THIS get started?
Am I now
to go out to celebrate?

Best to be prepared for the
with some special snacks.

How about a
Snowman Cheese Ball
to start the night off?
Betty Crocker recipe is here.

Hmmmm..what else can I do?
Leave those
kids alone with me and I
will serve them
Shots like everyone else has
on New Years!
That'll teach them.

Maybe we CAN tone it down
a bit.
How about
THIS kind of shot?
I call it
Tomato Soup Shooters!
You find the instructions at Rachel Hollis's site.

And, of course, we must have a few
Ants on a log
(raisins on cream cheese filled celery)
They will love these, too.
Apples cored, sliced sideways,
and topped with peanut butter,
or nutella,
and sprinkled with granola.
So..a few snacks,
a few laughs,
a few games,

and a shot of Tequilla

and those kids will have a
New Year's Eve....

okay...just kidding about
the Tequilla.

Maybe one for me?
Is it bedtime yet?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

So Much For A Quiet Day ALONE

Remember yesterday
when I was waxing eloquently
about how nice it was to
have a moment of peace
and quiet after
the hectic Holiday?

Remember that?

Soon after that posted,
the phone rang.
I picked it up with trembling
fingers because we are waiting
on a call from the
car dealership.

Hi Nannnny--
(always exaggerated and drawn out
from Nana to Nannnny when
Hi, SweetCheeks!
Whut arhe yohu doing?

I'm just ready to break into
song and dance and
go visit
Santa Claus.

Seerhiously, Nana!
Whut ARHE yohu doing?

Well, Ih wuz thinkhing.

Ih wuz thinkhing Ih couhld
come ovah and spehnd the night
cuz my sistah's are all doing sumthing
and Ih dohn't haff enything to do.

Really, Nana!
So cahn Ih?  Cahn Ih come ovah?

Okay-here's my choice..
A visit from SweetCheeks
or a poke in the eye with a stick.

I'll be there in a little while,

When?  When will yohu be hehre?
(She must be taking courses in

Soon...pretty soon.

Less than an hour later,
we have haunted
arrived at my house,
and found that good old
left a little something in
the stockings here
at Nana's house!
So much for a peaceful,
quiet day.
Lord knows what's best for me.
I think He thinks laughter
is the best medicine.
And I needed a

Oh- wait...look...
It's MY favorite show, too!
And..she brought her own
pajamas this time.
See any connections going on here?
And, Lord love a duck..
her favorite bedtime treat?
Keebler ELF cookies!
She says she likes a little
Elhf in her stummic to keehp her comphany!
Alrighty then!

I hope your day is as blessed
as mine is...cuz this really IS
a blessing....a child that loves
to spend time with you and thinks
you are just about the most
wonderful person alive.
What more could anyone ask for?
maybe a MOMENT of peace and quiet.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

WHAT? WHO Stayed Over?

A full day has passed.
Christmas 2011
 is becoming a
Sweet Memory.

After opening gifts
we spent part of the
afternoon  eating
AND playing games.
We played
My son was the scorekeeper.
He cheats-although he
claims he doesn't.

Then we played
Life with the kids.
My son was banker.
He cheats-although he claims he

At the end of the dsy
everyone went home.
This monkey headed for home.
He took the new little
Chunky Monkey Charlie
with him.
The girls are home
playing with their new toys.
Lulu with her keyboard
and headphones.
Julia with her Cinderealla doll.
Sweet little Ria  with
her sore little mouth.
Her favorite gift was her
Spy Kids kit.
All is quiet now.
My Hero and I
 came home to a
tree with no presents under it.
A sign that the
Gifts of Love
have all been presented.

I grab my cup of coffee
and sit down to watch the news.
MyHero is off to work.

It is quiet here-no one chattering,
or crying,
or whining.

Suddenly I hear it..

I see ONE of the grandkids
got left behind.
Well, at least I can stick
THIS ONE in a box....
and enjoy my coffee in peace!

How about you?
Any monkeys left at
YOUR house?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Poke Me! Okay- DON'T

Yes...yes....I know...
I'm a little late getting
here this morning.
I'd show you a picture
of how tired I look but
I don't want you to think you
are looking at
Halloween pictures!

So, mask in place,
I truthfully admit
 it was SUCH a busy
day yesterday that I didn't
get hardly any pictures.
What kind of blogger am I?

Well....I'm the blogger
that forgets she's blogging
and plays games with
the kids and bakes a cake.

Okay- I DID make the cake
the day befoe.
It's a POKE CAKE..and
I saw it out here in Blogland
and remembered how many of
these I had made for my own kids.

I thought it would be fun to
make one for the grands this year.

It's simple..
1 white cake mix
1 small box red Jello (any flavor)
1  snall box green Jello (if you say you find
anything except lime I'll think you're lying)
Pretend whipped cream
(called Cool Whip by some)

Bake the cakes in round pans.
Poke some holes in them with
the handle of a wooden spoon.
Pour Jello into holes
(it will disappear)
Frost with Cool Whip
Make sumthin' purty on top.
(or not)
Refrigerate for up to two days.
Cut and enjoy.
Too late for Christmas, you say?
Quit your whining....
Bake one for
New Year's Day
Blueberry Jello.
It'll make your mouth do this....
Looks like a Viagra ad, doesn't it?
Just sayin' ~

And, if you're lucky like me
while everyone else is eating
cake you can be
studying the newest member of
the family, Baby Charles.
Please ignore the PINK blanket
you know how it is in a houseful
of girl cousins.
He was so good we hardly heard
a peep out of him all day.
He smiled in his sleep several times,
making us all smile in return.
My husband is smiling this morning
because he got something
extra special from the kids.
Something that you won't understand
if you don't live in
Green Bay...something that
will make NO SENSE
unless you understand how
important the
Green Bay Packers
are to this family.
It's a limited edition portrait, folks,
of Vince Lombardi,
done by a local artist-
a friend of my daughter and son-in-law.
20 x 24 unframed.
Wow- Where to put this in amongst
the family wall of pictures?
He's NOT related.
Doesn't matter...
it's all relative.
(get it-relative? related?-never mind)
Happy Monday!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

SweetCheeks Sings The First Noel

As most of you know
SweetCheeks is
ALWAYS singing..

Here is
The First Noel.
Notice how nicely
she says
Merry Christmas
at the end.

Okay- gather round~
Buck up-
30 seconds and you're
out of here.
I promise~
I hope you are all having
a wonderful day
with your families.
I hope that there is joy and light
in your day and that any
sadness you feel will be
wiped away by the
deep joy that comes
from loving the
Lord and rejoicing
in the birth of

Christmas blessings to
all of you-
SweetCheeks and Company

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve-My Poem To You

 I hope your home is warm and bright,
I hope your life is full of light,
I pray that evening finds you near
to everything that you hold dear.

God Bless You All
This Christmas Eve..
And keep you safe.
for I believe..
that we have met here for a reason,
More than just the Christmas season.

Perhaps to share some stolen smiles,
Perhaps to connect us o'er the miles,
Whatever the reason,
I'm glad to see..
There's someone else
a lot like me.
So, here we are,
a fine old blend,
of Moms and Artists
and One Old Hen (me);>)

Merry, Merry Christmas
to all my wonderful

© Nana Diana 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Family Tradition- 3 Wise Men,Jesus & Santa

My daughter started a wonderful
tradition with her children.
I thought I would share it
with some of you that
might want to adopt
the idea while
your kids are
still small.

There is always the urge
for SANTA to
overspend at Christmas,
isn't there?
When is enough enough?
How many presents should
each child get?

Well, at my daughter's house,
Santa brings each child
just like
got three gifts from the wise men.
On Christmas morning the girls
come down the stairs.
The are wearing their brand new
(hopefully matching)
CHRISTMAS pjs that
Papa and Nana deliver
on Christmas Eve.
It is the one  small gift
 they open that night.

As they settle down,
Mama reaches for her
It is the story of the nativity
and she reads it to them.
When she gets
to the part where the
bring their gifts to
the girls all scramble over
to the tree and find the
three gifts that
SANTA has left
for each one of them.
It will always be something
they want...and could be
as simple as
 a coloring book with crayons
or a bigger gift like
a snowboard.

Whatever it is~
Each child feels as special
as can be that SANTA
has gifted them with
something special
just like
got three gifts from the

Once they find their presents
they snuggle back up to Mama
who finishes the story
of Bethlehem.
And then they open their
Santa gifts.

Now, they also get a
Mom and Dad gift and
Nana and Papa gifts
and Auntie and Uncle gifts,
so there is no lack of presents-
but it does put a limit on
dear old Dad

We have come to love
this special tradition
and how it kind of ties
everything together
for our family.

there will be two
more special little
ones that will listen to
their Auntie TPot
read the Christmas story.
And at least ONE of these
monkeys will be
scrambling to find his
three gifts too!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

How To Wrap Christmas Socks

You know how there
are mundane things like
to wrap sometimes?
And sometimes
you just don't want to
stick them in box
with a bow on it.
Look! Here's a peek!
Well, peeps,
Here we go~
First you must get a sock..
well, make it a pair because
one sock won't work for
MOST people.
How about something like
Cute, huh?
Then you must find some of
those short peppermint sticks.
You can buy them or
someone might send them to you.
(See yesterday's post)
Then you must let the
peppermint stick
the SOCK!
Before you can say
that peppermint stick
has jumped into the sock
and worked its way down
into the toe.
Can you see it there?
I've pinched it to make it stay
and now I am gonna roll
that little sucker up
into what I like to call
Well, GREAT, we gotta
and what the heck do we do with that?
There's another kinda roll
lying around my house
cuz I've been saving them.
Used toilet paper rolls.
No..No..Not used toilet paper..
Used up empty rolls.
They look like this when they are naked.
Don't worry about that little bit of
white tissue left-you won't see it soon.
Find some foil based wrapping paper.
Foil works best because you can
bend the edges down and you
don't have to glue/tape it
lest you want to.
Wrap that foil paper around
that roll leaving about 1/3"
extending over each end.
Simply bend the paper down
so that it overlaps the edge of the roll.
You will not see this when it is
done but you can glue/tape if if you like.
Sneak up on those socks and
stuff them in the roll.
A roll in a roll.
I'm just keeping myself rolling here!;>)
Remember you won't see this at the end.
Then, take some sweet tissue paper
and cut an 18" x 18" piece~
or thereabouts.
Starting at one end,
roll that baby up and then
twist the ends so that it
looks like a big old fat
piece of taffy.
Laffy Taffy!
Now is that cute, or what?
I only need to tie a bit of ribbon
around the twist and I'm done.
And, when it's unwrapped
they will see the shiny foil roll
and NOT this..
Cuz the only place we
REALLY want to see THAT
is HERE.
And we don't even really want
to see it here because that
would mean that someone
like MyHero..
not pointing fingers here but it
has happened
has used the last piece on
the roll
 and neglected to replace
it and there is none to be found
making me want to scream
bad words...naughty words...
Now get rolling and wrapping
cuz there's not much time left!
And I'll just say a little prayer for you
to have to go to the bathroom
a whole lotta times
(if you need empty rolls
to wrap your socks)
cuz I am just nice like that!;>)